Melbourne: Jos Buttler-led England has finally won their second T20 World Cup title after 12 long years. After defeating India by 10 wickets, England entered the final with all guns blazing, as they restricted Pakistan to just 137/8 in 20 overs. Pakistan gave their opposition a tough fight, nevertheless, with Ben Stokes anchoring 52 off 49, England won the championship with 5 wickets and six balls to spare.
With their victory, England has equaled West Indies’ record of most T20 World Cup titles. Both the teams stand solitary, as they are the only ones to have won the title twice.
T20 World Cup Final Brief scores
Pakistan – 137/8 in 20 overs
|Shan Masood- 38 off 28||Sam Curran 3/12 (4)|
|Babar Azam- 32 of 28||Adil Rashid 2/22 (4)|
|Shadab Khan- 20 off 14||Chris Jordan 2/27 (4)|
England – 138/5 in 19 overs
|Ben Stokes 52* (49)||Haris Rauf 2/23 (4)|
|Jos Buttler 26 (17)||Shaheen Afridi 1/13 (2.1)|
|Harry Brook 20 (23)||Shadab Khan 1/20 (4)|
The match was set up by bowlers of either side. First, English bowlers with their disciplined and magnificent bowling attack stopped the Men in Green at a meager target. Thanks to Sam Curran, who received the Man of the Tournament as well as the Man of the Match trophy, as he picked 3 Pakistani batters in his 4 over.
Despite, an easy target, England did not got off to a great start. As Pakistan’s lethal lefty-bowler, Shaheen Afridi got the best of the in-form Alex Hales in his first over. Moreover, early dismissals of Philip Salt and later Jos Buttler couldn’t break England’s backbone. As they managed to put up a crucial 47-run partnership for the fifth wicket, with Ben Stokes remaining unbeaten and taking his team home.
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